Faculty Friday - Martha Overcash
Our faculty spotlight this week is on SKW teacher Martha Overcash. Martha holds a unique position at Community right now - at 33 years, she’s been here longer than anyone else! Apparently, the teaching gene runs in the family, as her daughter Libby is currently teaching physics at Lafayette High School. Another Community claim to fame for Martha is her baking skills - try her brownies or banana bread sometime (yum!). And she’ll never forget the year when some unexpected guinea pigs were born in the classroom - that was a surprise for everyone! Let’s learn some more:
Favorite subject to teach? Reading. It's such a magical time when a child realizes they can read a book. They come to SK thinking they'll learn to read the first day! Along about January or February it begins to click and there's such excitement when a child realizes, "Hey, I’ve got this!”
Defining moment as an educator? I guess it's each May when I'm sitting at graduation listening to speeches and seeing former students shining through their memories and what CS did for them.
Best CS Memory? There are so many to choose from! Helping to dress the shepherds years ago for the Christmas tableaux, the year of the guinea pigs, and the 100th anniversary of the school are a few.
Favorite spot on campus? The woods. I love taking the kids to the council circle and reading to them.
States lived in? Massachusetts, Connecticut, Texas and Missouri
Favorite team(s)? MIZZOU football, Cardinals, Blues, and because I'm from New England the Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins.
Favorite food? Mexican and chocolate, especially dark chocolate!
Family/kids? Daughter Libby (a 2002 graduate of CS) and son-in-law Dan, a K-5 music teacher at Stanton Elementary in Rockwood.
Pets? One cat and one absolutely adorable dog!
Hobbies? Sewing, crafts, crocheting/knitting
Favorite band/musical group? Zac Brown
Favorite children’s/YA author? Beverly Cleary. I love reading Ramona the Pest and Mouse and the Motorcycle to the kids.
Why Community? Why not Community?! After my two years in Connecticut, I heard about CS through a job search. I ended up going to Texas for three years and then CS came up again in the job search. When I visited in August of 1986 it was hot - there was no air conditioning yet at the school, but I was taken with the philosophy of the school, the people I met and that fact that the head and his wife welcomed me into their home for my visit. It just felt right. Like family.